Pep Guardiola set for new Manchester City deal as Erling Haaland’s arrival looms

Guardiola set for new City deal

The Mirror reports that Pep Guardiola will extend his contract at Manchester City, even if he wins the Champions League this season. This is because he believes the team can improve with Erling Haaland, who is set to join, and money will be raised for transfers with Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus potentially leaving the club, and Fernandinho will definitely leave.

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Paper Round’s point of view: Sterling and Jesus could raise a decent share of the money, and Fernandinho will release wages for the £400,000-a-week Haaland will withdraw. As for Fernandinho, it will be difficult to find a replacement for a versatile, consistent and experienced player who is willing to take time off from games in favor of more glamorous options at times.

Dembele ready to stay at Barcelona

Following Ronald Araujo’s contract renewal at Barcelona, ​​Spanish newspaper Marca report that the Spanish club may be ready to keep a number of players who had considered moving elsewhere. One player is France international Ousmane Dembele, out of contract this summer, another is 17-year-old playmaker Gavi, and there’s also veteran defender Dani Alves.

Paper Round’s point of view: While Xavi Hernandez thinks Dani Alves can continue to contribute despite his age, keeping him means the club don’t have to spend on strengthening at right-back. As for Gavi, he is hugely promising and the club need to retain their hometown identity, while Dembele is highly effective if he is able to stay fit and maintain his form.

Arsenal keen on Brandt

The Daily Mail reports that Arsenal could replace Borussia Dortmund’s versatile midfielder Julian Brandt. The 25-year-old is not wanted by the German club for next season and could be available for £16.5m this summer. Mikel Arteta has been crippled by injuries at various points in the season and Brandt could represent good value for money.

Paper Round’s point of view: Dortmund are usually ready to get the most out of their players and at this price Brandt looks like a bargain. If the club don’t want him then maybe there’s reason to worry because if they let him go so cheaply there could be injury issues, or maybe a health issue. attitude that makes him persona non grata.

United want Malacia

A story in The Sun suggests new Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has identified his first transfer target for the club. The Ajax man will take over this summer and is keen to be joined by Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia. The 22-year-old could cost around £20million, and that would spell the end of either Alex Telles or Luke Shaw’s career at Old Trafford, one of United’s weakest positions.

Paper Round view: Telles did little to impress or worry during his time at Old Trafford, but Shaw was repeatedly honored by managers for his failure to stay focused on the pitch. That doesn’t seem to have changed and he’s still alarmingly large for a Premier League footballer, so the time to get rid of the player has come – he really should have happened many years ago.

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